Today I have a Guest Column by Richard Malasics. But first here
is an article in the Daily Local
Also, to see the list of HOSTAGE DEMANDS the Township has put
in place to free Ludwigs Corner Horse Show Grounds, click here.
Here is Rich's article. He sent it to me a week ago but due to
lots of news items I haven't been able to publish it until now.
Thank you for asking me to be a guest columnist to your
In 2009, I ran for the position of Supervisor of West
Vincent Township and narrowly lost in the primary to Ken
Miller. I published a website (www.vote4rich.com)
with clear positions and my opinions on where I believed the
township and the economy was headed. I have always left it
there for all to read. In 2011, I ran again and in the
Primary, I lost, much in part due to a letter that smeared
both myself and Maria Holderness with unsubstantiated
accusations concerning unpaid taxes and an incident with the
West Vincent Police.
I addressed those issues on my website after the election,
but the damage was done by the distorted information and
outright lies. That's politics and unfortunately, I am not a
politician, only someone that wanted to make a positive
difference for all of the residents in our township. As a
result, West Vincent has the Supervisors it elected, and
will through the balance of their terms, which has yet to
start. They will take office on January 2, 2011.
My website addresses issues such as township properties. I
would ask everyone reading this to go to my website, www.vote4rich.com, and
look specifically at the web page www.vote4rich.com/letter2.html.
Specifically look at my statement under the heading OPEN
SPACE. You will see, back in 2009, I addressed the issue of
misuse of TDR money. I addressed the issue of government
owning and maintaining property. I spoken of what is
happening to the the Griffith Farm barn, which is located
just about a quarter mile north of the Horse Show Grounds
entrance. At that time, the roof was in disrepair and I
warned that government needs to be able to maintain what it
owns. Here are some pictures of the Griffith Barn today.
Just 2 years ago, the holes were less than half this size,
and half as many. As the water gets in the building and on
top of the stone, the freeze thaw cycle is breaking apart
I would like to add that a website, www.projectmoo.org, also
had information about the Griffith farm, as well as many other
issues including the poor road conditions. There were plenty of
great pictures but the site must have crashed because half of the
pictures are now gone, but the content is good even without the
pictures. Read projectmoo.org to find out more about the township.
I still stand by what I say. Other township properties, not
including the Township Park/Township building campus, are
farmed (for example, Ken Miller farms the Griffith Farm
property) or left as open space to grow wild (we pay French
and Pickering $5000 to protect these properties from a rogue
building suddenly appearing on them). Maintenance is not
really required for the areas that are allowed to just grow.
The sewage spray fields (also considered open space) are
mowed (by Ken Miller) and that is paid for by the residents
that pay for public sewage, not funded by taxes.
But where the township owns buildings, Griffith Farm, the
pictures don't lie. If the Township cannot preserve and
restore these large parcels of government owned property,
how well do you think it will keep the Horse Show property?
They cannot maintain what they own now. Government has
proven time and again that it over reaches and then cannot
fulfill its obligations. Now, with the economic downturn,
the problem is amplified.
I am just a businessman with an employee payroll, rent to
pay, inventories to keep and bills to pay. I know that if I
over extend myself, I cannot raise prices to bail out the
mistakes I have made. Government just raises taxes, searches
for government grants (which is tax money, just
redistributed from another source), or let things fall
apart. Does anyone really want any of those options for West
Vincent Township or the Horse Show Grounds? We are already
there and it isn't going to get better by taking on another
liability. To take the land by Eminent Domain is even more
offensive to the taxpayer. If the Horse Show Grounds are
taken, who will be next? Is anyone safe?
To see my
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